Saturday, August 27, 2011

Gecko/ Happy Birthday Ryan!

Happy Saturday everyone!  Well, we arrived home from Florida on Monday afternoon, had an earthquake on Tuesday and a hurricane headed our way today! Gesssshhhh who's bored?  Let me tell ya about the earth quake!  We have a two story home and we made an office out of one of the upstairs bedrooms. My hubby and I are sitting there and he says "the house is shaking."  We look at each other and both go and look out the window! Smart huh? It felt like you were in an old building next to a train and it was rumbling by. It started out with just a small rumble and kept getting stronger.  The walls were shaking and my first thought was  possible an old coal mine shaft was shifting underneath the house and DH says "your not in PA anymore!"  Since he is from Florida he thought it might be the beginning of a sink hole. Have you ever seen a sink hole? A huge hole in the ground suddenly appears and anything standing there sinks into the hole including houses. Egaddds my heart started racing like a jet plane ready for take off.   After we didn't sink into oblivion DH says "that was an earthquake" I looked at him like he was nutz!  Who the heck would think it could be an earthquake in MD? I sure as heck didn't!! But low behold it was! EEEEkkks!

I had awesome news!! I won the Color Me Creative Challenge #24!! My prize was 4 Copic refills and a Gilli Stamp!! I was so excited for I never win anything! It's a fun challenge with friendly members!! This week is winged thing!

The card I am sharing today is a birthday card I made for our son, Ryan. He loves snakes, lizards and has both in his house. Not me!  I don't even like worms near me all alone a snake! I found this cute Gecko on a coloring page you can download for children to color...adults too!!! Isn't he cute!

Copics: G28. G16, G14, YG23. Y11
Paper: My Minds Eye: Stella Rose Hattie

TIP OF THE DAY:  I have several tips for you today!  Many times there is a too much space between one die cut to the next size. This is using one die! 

  • Using a black Copic-multi liner, I traced the inside of the die onto my cut out piece.  As you can see  above it makes a nice frame surrounding my image.
  • Using a cutting blade, I laid the die onto a piece of card stock and cut around it.

LOL, I switch to another color. I used painters tape to hold the die in place.

 I have a beautiful framed Gecko using one die. On the card you will notice I have a butterfly wasn't planned! I goofed up the top of the die cut by cutting too short and my ink tracing wasn't the best right there!!

I made this card the day we were leaving for vacation. To anchor my image by just dotting around it with different colored markers. If I were to do it again, I would have only used colors specs you see in sand.

Would you like to win? 

All you need to do is enter one challenge over at The Outlawz!! That's easy!


Did you see the new Fall Fairies Collection at SCACD?  Check these cuties out!



Hope you enjoy!  I want to welcome all of my new followers and thank those who have stayed with me!! 


Kristel said...

Woww that is a gorgeous card Colleen! Thanks for the tutorial!
Hugs Kristel

Catherine said...

This is such a beautiful card Colleen ! Stunning colouring as always ! Hugs and love from Catherine

jimlynn said...

First of all....congrats on that fabulous win! Wow! Very exciting.
An earthquake....scary for sure. Hopefully you won't have any more though.
Love this cute card and the Gecko is outstanding. Wonderful way to frame it and thanks for the tips - I'm going to try this.

ThePurplePlace said...

Fabulous card -- awesome fun tips and Congratulations on your WIN!! I was very excited when I read about it over at CMC! Great prizes too and goodies we can ALL use!!

Hoping you are okay with the Storm. I'm thankful that Irene is now downgraded to a TS, but we still have several hours a nasty weather just starting to hit our area. My only concern is that my family is safe and sound and that we do not lose power -- that is the worst - especially for hubby, since he really needs his CPAP for his Sleep Apnea.

Hope the storm is passed you for the most part and that you did not sustain any damage!!

Take care and keep in touch!!


Ivi said...

Thanks for joining us at shapes and more!!!!
The gekko looks so great and the coloration is beautifull!!!!!

Hugs Ivi

inkydoodlecrafts said...

This is great I love the little gekko image and the papers are ace. Don't you just love butterflies they are always there when you need them lol, card looks very cool and the butterfly looks perfect anyway. Thanks for joining us over at Jellypark friends. Mel :o)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your win that's fantastic. Oh no on the earthquake, we were lucky by me but 15 min. in another direction they felt the earth move. The hurricane seems to be past us with no problems but they did have a tornado not to far from us before the earthquake.

Glad you're all OK. Hugs, Lori

Lorraine said...

Congrats on winning the challenge, Colleen! Love your gecko masculine card and thanks so much for the nestabilities tips! I'm off to check out the Outlawz!

Ann said...

Awww so cute Colleen; my son would have loved this image when he was little! Great idea to show how you cut around the die. I do this also for a tighter mat. :)

Jennifer Scull said...

love that image!
thanks for playing along in our die cuts/punches challenge at Jellypark Friends. :)

Jenn said...

This is adorable. I really love the die you fact I just bought it yesterday. Glad to see what it looks like in use! Love your coloring. Great added butterfly!

Thank so much for playing at CMC! Hope to see you back again!


Patricia St Martin said...

Wonderful card. Thanks for joining us at Color me Creative Classroom. I love seeing all your creations. Good luck on the challenge.
Hugs, Patricia

Lins said...

Hi sweetie,

I hope everything with you, your husband and your home. I would be terrified. Nature has such an unbelievable force.
Your sons' birthday card is gorgeous!

Hugs and kisses,

Lins xox

Angela said...

How adorable this is Colleen! So CUTE!! And thanks for the great tutorial too!

Hope you made out ok with the hurricane? We just lost power for a few days but am back in business today. We felt that earthquake too - not as bad though as you describe. What a crazy week!

Take care, hun! big hugs, Angela

anaRy said...

What a cute fella! loved the tute!

Suzie McFloozy said...

Great card - and fantastic tips !
Thanks for sharing it with us at Jellypark friends Friday challenge & good luck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

lesleyworth said...

Fabulous card! Hope you weathered the Hurricane ok! And excellent tips you've posted! Love the colors you used to anchor the image! Thanks for playing along with us at the Shoe!

Crafting Misfit said...

Great card with awesome details!

Thanks for linking up to my show and tell! Remember, every Friday at
my Website we do it again!

"Crafting Misfit"

If The Shoe Fits... Scrap it! said...

Congratulations! Your card was selected as a FF#89 Top 3 at the Shoe!

Tip Top said...

Wonderful card! Thank you for joining in at Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge – hope you can join us again for the next challenge! Jellypark Challenges

Martina said...

oh wow this card looks amazing! I love every single detail, especially the colors! wow!

thanks so much for joining us over at CUYL!

xx M.

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